Mysterious IED Decline
9:23 AM, Nov 15, 2007 • By MICHAEL GOLDFARB
It turns out it's not really so mysterious after all. The Danger Room interviewed General Montgomery Meigs, who heads up the Pentagon's Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO). General Meigs admirably--and honestly--refuses credit for the decline:
So what is the explanation? Meigs reels off the numbers for Noah Shachtman:
Obviously a major contributing factor to this increase in tips is that the Sunni tribes have turned on al Qaeda--once restive Anbar province hasn't seen an Americans killed by IED since September 10. But there's more to it than that. As Shachtman explains, "A centerpiece of the new American counterinsurgency strategy in Iraq has been to put move combat troops out of local bases - and have â€˜em hang out with the locals, instead."
The Petraeus strategy is working.